Косенко І.С.


- Director of the dendrological park "Sofiyivka", NAS of Ukraine;
- Doctor of Science (Biology);
- Senior researcher ;
- Merited worker of culture of Ukraine;
- Laureate of academician V. Yu. Yuriev's prize;
- Honorary professor of Uman state pedagogical university named after Pavlo Tychyna.

He was born on December 3, 1940 in Krestytyleve, Chornobai district, Cherkasy region.

In 1970 he graduated from Uman agricultural institute, the faculty of agronomy. After that he entered at the pedagogical faculty, Ukrainian Agricultural Academy (1971). In 1986 he defended the thesis and got a scientific degree - candidate of science (biology). In 1994 he became a senior researcher in botany. In November, 2002 he successfully defended the dissertation and got the degree of doctor of science in biology.

Since 1980 he has been working as a director of Uman State dendrological park "Sofiyivka", NAS of Ukraine. He is an expert in plant introduction, phytosozoology and landscape gardening. He manages all restoration work of some parts of the park according to the plans (1796-1802) of the first architect L. Metzel.

He is the author of 135 scientific publications, including 12 monographs. He has two inventor's certificates. According to the President's decree of December 7, 2000 he was awarded the order "For merits" of the third category.

On the basis of the Kosenko's monograph Sofiyivka, pages 'History' and 'Excursion' of this site have been created.


In this site, as well as in the monograph of I. S. Kosenko the photos of Volodymyr Demkov and Halyna Sivko, well-known photo-artists in Umanschyna, were used.

Their compositions fix the moments, which help preserve the pearl of Ukraine in the primeval state. Their works are unique and they hand them to the next generations through the art of photographing; they also make a great contribution to providing knowledge of landscape gardening and the history of Uman.

H. Sivko and V. Demkov took part in numerous exhibitions, printed their photos in newspapers and magazines of Ukraine. The presented photos reveal the theme of natural and artificial beauty of a native land.



Vitaliy Lozovskiy




Author's sites:

The park, as a scientific institution of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, is engaged in researches of connatural and cultural flora of austral Forest-steppe of Ukraine, introduction and acclimatation of plants in the region.

The article of the director of the famous park I. Kosenko summarizes this work:

50 years anniversary of the Sofiyivka park as a scientific institute of the Ukraine's NAS

In the final article of I. Kosenko the review of the park's whole history from the moment of the foundation till todays is made:
205 years since the foundation of Sofiyivka

The team of scientists of the park issued the catalogue of plants with the total amount 1994 taxons, in which 25 taxons of hazels, 24 beeches, 41 fir-trees, 44 junipers, 100 lianas, 320 roses, 57 rhododendrons and 98 flower plants - totally 1220 trees and bushes and 774 herbaceous plants.
Catalogue (zip 380 КB)

The hothouse of the park is the unique center of cultivation of conifers and deciduous trees, bushes, roses seedlings - total more than 200 items.
Open|Download (22 КB)

The beauty of the park was sung by a lot of poets, but the poem of the Polish poet S. Trembecki occupies an especial place. Written in 1811, it is the park guide book in verses.
"Sofiowka" and comments of Adam Mickiewicz (polish)

Park as the tourist center offers the visitors a complex of services - excursion support in six languages, hotel, restaurant, conference hall etc.
List of services